SMC Corporation's MHM series gripper range makes use of magnetic technology and is ideal for product handling on irregular surfaces, allowing for workpieces to be easily transported on both uneven or perforated surfaces.

[SMC Corporation will be exhibiting at AUSPACK 2022 on stand E140]

“In the past it was difficult to gain sufficient absorption of workpieces on uneven or perforated surfaces using a regular vacuum pad, but now, thanks to the MHM magnetic gripper, it’s so much easier,” explained Guiomar Fernandez, product manager for SMC Corporation ANZ.

“The MHM series offers machine operators newfound freedom. With a holding force of up to 1000N, it keeps hold of the workpieces – even when the air is shut off – offering peace of mind when it comes to reliable and safe movement of workpieces.

“Furthermore, with a residual force of 0.3N or less, cycle times are reduced and productivity output is improved.”

The MHM series is also ideal for cobot applications where suction pads and grippers will not perform optimally due to uneven or porous surfaces.

“End effectors, primarily in the form of grippers, enable the business end of the cobot to handle and manipulate parts with a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials. The MHM series is a versatile solution for handling ferrous metals,” added Fernandez.

“Thanks to the close working relationship we enjoy with our customers, it became apparent there was a need to develop a gripper for workpieces that vacuum pads could not accommodate. 

“The magnetic MHM fills that void, and the initial feedback has been really positive thanks to its clever design that offers flexibility, cost savings and reliability.” 

Suitable for a range of transfer applications, the holding force of the MHM can be adjusted by changing the distance between the magnet and workpiece by the adjustment bolt.

Also, being made from fluororubber, the company said that the bumper prevents damage to the workpiece, delivering cost savings.

“The bumper also prevents the workpiece from slipping during operations, improving safety. Featuring three mountable surfaces and the option to mount auto switches, the MHM offers flexibility and greater process control,” Fernandez concluded.

Food & Drink Business

Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) will supply up to 60 per cent of its high-value, plant-based protein concentrate to Monde Nissin Australia as construction begins on the company’s pilot production facility.

A trailblazer of private label manufacturing, Steric is still an industry leader while also creating its own branded products. Editor Kim Berry spoke to CEO Richard Brownie.

Traditional Indonesian remedies called jamu inspired Sophie Todd to make her own. Kim Berry finds out how a kitchen experiment turned into Mrs Toddy’s Tonics, now available nationwide.